Even though the name sounds familiar this is really my first encounter with DARK RITES. But I wanted to know more so I interviewed them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-When we first got together with Randy to discuss the possibilities of making music together we didn`t know how exactly it`s going to end up. Obviously the main obstacle was the fact that we are living on different continents at the moment s there is no chance for live rehearsals or anything like that. But you know, living in XXI century is kind of amazing thing, with all that available technology, after recording few riffs we kind of knew that, this is it, we can do it that way and then then we set the goal which was releasing a EP, and use the magic of the internet for promoting our music.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Well, the first thing is the fact that we are three individuals, we are into metal music but we like different genres, sometimes very opposite from each other and therefore we look at the process of creating the music from different perspective, and because we never said – we want to play like this or the other band, we didn’t say this is the metal subgenre we want to be associated with, it gives us much more room to create the sound we like and to say it is our own. Obviously you`ll hear influences in our music from the other bands, in my riffs, in Randy`s drumming or Oskar`s Vocals, but we can easily combine all of it into the songs and give it that unique Dark Rites touch.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Ok, so the creative process is quite simple in Dark Rites:) Everyone in the band has got his vital part to play in this project. I write the songs first, all the guitar riffs, bass lines etc. when this is done it will go to Randy and he will listen to it and record the drums, he has got complete freedom of making drum beats, we almost never say that we want this riff sound like this and the other like something else, I mean, Randy has got this something special in his drumming that he can instantly recognize what is best for certain riff, and again whet this is all done song will go to Oskar to write the lyrics – and believe me there will be some fantastic and dark lyrics and stories on this album – then record all the vocals and back to me to give it a final mix and master. So the whole process of recording is not that complicated taking into account that we have our own home recording studios, internet communication is a big plus. Regarding releasing the song, all depends how you want to do it but it is pretty easy having access to YouTube, sound cloud etc.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
-Yes you are right; there is always that risk and temptation to share the song you just created with the public as soon as possible. What we do with our songs at the moment is that when they are recorded and mixed we listen to them countless times, we share only with people that we trust they going to give us true opinions, even if sometimes they are critical, and this way we can gather feedback and work on the songs until we are certain that this is the time when we can share it with the audience.
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-Well hard to disagree with you to be honest. People are greedy, many will go and download music from pirate websites, and by doing so they steal from the artist. It is a hard work to write the songs, record and make it all happen and it does not matter if we talk about small local bands or the famous ones they all deserve to get paid. Despite the fact that people listen to digitally released music more and more, shops with Cd`s disappearing, I think the future of the recorded music is quite bright. Look at the Vinyl records market flourishing again or what is amazing some bands release limited editions of their recordings on cassettes; people will still buy music in my opinion.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Luckily after releasing first two singles from our upcoming album we had many positive feedbacks from our audience, some lovely comments encouraging us to release more songs, asking where to buy album, so it is all very positive at the moment. We have a good response from the metal orientated Radio Stations where we can reach bigger group of the audience. I think, what’s got the most attention is the fact that we combine different styles of metal, what we hear from people is that they appreciate the fact that our music is heavy with some mind blowing screams.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Yes, this is amazing how easy it is to communicate with people from all around the globe. I think the most surprising thing happened thanks to lack of barriers in communication are the fact that we brought this project into live. Three guys from different countries, recording and releasing music it`s pretty amazing thing I think. Another thing is that we meet some awesome people over the internet, metal forums, radio live chats etc.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Playing in the band is something that certainly makes us feel as a part of a greater community. Not only as a musicians but also as a people who could not live the life without music. Listening to music, sharing opinions with people who are into music it’s something amazing, and obviously if we get our audience happy by providing music they like it’s a huge bonus.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We played live on many occasions with our previous projects, and the fact is that it helps building a bigger following in short period of time. It also helps making a better connection with the audience, but thanks to the internet we are still able to reach substantial amount of people and build fan base. It is hard to say what the future will bring for us but we can`t rule out anything and the live shows are one of these things.
What plans do you have for the future?
-The PLANS are big!!! Our album will be on pre-sale from 23rd of December 2016 and the hard copies will be available in the shops from 23rd of January 2017, so we are entering New Year with the big hopes. We have enough songs written for next album so it will all go through selection and I think this time next year….who knows there may be another album, but this is the future.
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